LOUDONVILLE -- Loudonville residents have re-elected Mayor Steve Stricklen for his second four-year term.
According to unofficial results from the Ashland County Board of Elections, Stricklen received 63.22 percent of the vote, winning the election against his opponent, current councilman Thomas Young.
“I'm really happy... I wanted to do another four years so I can get some more things accomplished," Stricklen said. "I'd like to thank the voters for their confidence in me. I appreciate all their votes and I'll work hard to keep their confidence."
He mentioned plans to move forward infrastructure and street projects, and long term, he sees a need for a police station and new village offices to be built.
Two open village council seats were won by Bill Welsh and Matthew F. Young. Young is new to council.
"We have a strong council. Things should move forward real well," Stricklen said.
Stricklen, 66, has been involved in the village’s government since 1992 when he was first elected to council. He had served two back-to-back terms on council before taking a two-year hiatus and re-joined council when he was appointed to fill an open seat.
Afterwards, he continued to run for re-election and retained his seat through October 2015 when former mayor Stewart Zody resigned. Stricklen was appointed mayor, and won the next month’s election, running unopposed.
“I’ve been associated with Loundonville (government) for 28 years. I work well and have worked well with village employees over the years, and I have numerous things I still want to accomplish,” said Stricklen in a pre-election interview.
As mayor, Stricken has played a role in bringing more than $4 million worth of grant investment to infrastructure and streets projects and is also proud of the progress made at the Ohio Theatre. He has estimates $250,000 has been invested in the Ohio Theatre last year, including handicap restrooms and a fire escape on the north side of the building.
He is a Loudonville native and a longtime resident of the area. He graduated Loudonville High School in 1971.
In addition to his role as mayor, Stricklen is a real estate agent and a salesman at Burgess Ambulance Sales. He is also a board member for the Mohican Area Growth Foundation, Ashland County Land Bank and the Ashland Area Council on Economic Development.
He and his wife, Stacy have three children and one grandchild.